West, Virginia 1964-01-04

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Virginia West relates incidents and anecdotes in the life of her sister, Miss Elizabeth Howard West, Texas Tech’s first librarian.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Virginia West

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 04, 1964

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Interviewer: Goldia Hester

Length: 2 hours 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family—brothers, sisters, parents, Mrs. Reese, sister, Sister’s nurse, John Lewis Reese, Nurse’s training, Nurse’s husband, Move from Lubbock, Building of home, Visitation committee from church, Elizabeth West, sister—illness, Early memories of Miss Elizabeth.

Tape 1, Side 2: Elizabeth’s childhood, Teaching career, College graduation, Controversy over valedictorian and salutatorian, Love of music, Father, Evelyn Allen, cousin, University of Texas Archives, College friends of Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s love of books, Mother’s painting.

Tape 2, Side 1: Incident between Elizabeth and brother, Elizabeth’s trip to Spain, Seasickness, Gibraltar, Aiding students financially, Work on Spanish law, Purchase of lot in Austin, Business affairs, Saratoga Springs and Niagara, New York, Incidents with baggage handlers.

Tape 2, Side 2: Concerts, Parties in Mississippi Youth, Courtship customs, Education at University of Texas, Life in Austin, Trip to Washington, Students of Miss Elizabeth, "Bit"—Elizabeth West, niece, Gardening, Miss Elizabeth’s characteristic sayings, Ferguson governors.

Tape 3, Side 1: Bit’s stay in Austin, Miss Elizabeth’s reading, Bookstore in Lubbock, Lee Square, Pensacola, Women’s suffrage, Betty Stafford, math teacher, Whitis Pool, Reasons Elizabeth quit teaching school, Elizabeth’s height, Preparations for trip to Spain, Silver tray, Edgar, oldest brother, Mississippi colleges, Great-grandfather, President of University of Georgia, Reading without glasses.

Tape 3, Side 2: Incident in school, Month’s vacation, Brother’s graduation, Naming of West children.

Range Dates: 1920s-1940s

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1940s

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